The title says it all; I want to figure out a way to access files on a linux machine, by entering


Into windows explorer, in the same way that I can do at work to access windows servers (which is a windows network).

So my question falls into two parts:

  • What protocols are used in this operation? What order are they used?
  • What daemons/services can you recommend which can do this?

Thanks in advance,


  • HINT: Look at Samba.
    – mdpc
    Jul 26, 2013 at 18:20

1 Answer 1


The product you're looking for is , which is the Microsoft protocol stack for Linux, is available on pretty much every Linux distribution out there due the commonality of the problem. Once it is set up right, UNC access methods will work.

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